How to Translate Your Personal Style to a Room

How to Translate Your Personal Style to a Room

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Kim Lucian
Mar 5, 2015
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When it comes to designing a space that reflects you and suits your lifestyle, one of the best places to start is with your wardrobe. Beyond the obvious choices like color and style, your wardrobe can tell you a lot about your preferences: from what textures you gravitate to, to whether you prefer classic tailored pieces to relaxed worn-in ones...

Your favorite leather jacket just might translate to a broken-in leather sofa, and that graphic print top you keep in constant rotation might translate to some great wallpaper. Here are a few questions to ask yourself to get started on translating your personal style to your home.

1. What's your lifestyle?

If you live in sneakers and perfectly worn in t-shirts, chances are you want your home to be comfortable, functional and easy to care for. Look for decor that gets better with age and wear, like reclaimed wood, worn in leather and fabrics that can be easily washed. If you are the type that feels more at home in heels and a pencil skirt, a white sofa or rug might not be out of the question for you. Being honest about your lifestyle will help you feel more at home in the future.

2. Are you usually over- or underdressed?

I'm a serial overdresser. I love getting dressed up and jump at the opportunity. If that idea makes you cringe you might want to pay attention to how styled your space is. Carefully arranged vignettes, with flowers and a candle around every corner don't read, "I just happened to set this here." (The decor version of "I woke up like this.") A simple branch in a vase or artwork leaning against a wall, however, does.

3. Do you prefer to wear color or neutrals?

If you love to wear color, chances are it will make you feel equally happy at home. If grey and greige mean completely different things to you, a more subdued palette might be a better place to start, you can always bring in color slowly though accessories.

4. What prints do you gravitate towards?

If you consider a tasteful pinstripe a print, bring in pattern through subtle touches like striped curtains or a tone on tone pillow is probably a safe bet. If you embrace eye-catching prints in your wardrobe you might love going bold with one statement patterned piece, like an upholstered headboard or a graphic wallpaper.

5. What textures do you love?

A fur vest might translate to a sheepskin thrown over a chair and a knit sweater can be translated into a chunky cable knit throw.

6. What are your personal style influences?

If your style leans toward preppy classics, tailored furniture and finishes like grosgrain ribbon pillows and monogramed towels will help you incorporate it at home. If you love layered boho pieces, your home might reflect it with layered moroccan rugs and worldly pieces collected over time.

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